"Forgotten on the Bayou" doesn't look or feel like a documentary; in spirit and tone, it's the closest thing I've seen to a classic Frank Capra movie...except it's all true. This David and Goliath story, much like its hero, Rocky Vaccarella, is a real one-of-a-kind. Fresh, funny, and wildly entertaining, "Forgotten on the Bayou" plays out like a Michael Moore film with one major difference: You don't feel depressed or cynical exiting the theater; you feel elated."
- David Dubos, Movie Talk
"Not a dry eye in my house during the viewing. Rockey is truly an incredible individual and those that backed him and believed in him are no less heroic. Congratulations is not an adequate word. No words are adequate. It is truly the most remarkable documentary I have ever seen."
-Garland Robinette, WWL Radio Personality
"Rockey's road leads to inspiring film. (Director) Scaffidi positions the film as an inspirational story, a statement about what one person can accomplish if he puts his mind to it. It also bares an undeniable relevance, given all the work that still must be done."
- Mike Scott, Movie Critic - Times Picayune
"Inspiring movie...This picture presented the heart and sould of the folks in St. Bernard Parish."
- Chairman Donald Powell, Head of Gulf Coast Rebuilding
"In over 24 years I've never seen a response like this. It was electric. Everyone stood up to give Rockey a standing ovation - a hug, a kiss, a handshake, they asked for autographs. It was like Mick Jager walked into the building. It was amazing!"
- Andy Friedenberg, Director of the San Diego Cinema Society
"The audience really responded to the film. It's great when you can bring a project from New Orleans to a fest in the northeast part of the country and people respond."
- William Ostroff, Philadelphia Film Festival Director
"Forgotten on the Bayou" soars on the wondrous personality of Rockey Vaccarella. This is a 2007 documentary that airs from 8-10 p.m. Friday on the Weather Channel. It follows Vaccarella's quixotic attempt to take a FEMA trailer to Washington, D.C., and dine there with George W. Bush. In other hands, this might have been silly; with Rockey, it becomes a mad mixture of optimism, idealism and buoyant humanity. It typifies the best in Gulf coverage."
- Mike Hughes on TV
"The film was spectacular!
-Charmaine Neville, Award-Winning Entertainer
THE WEATHER CHANNEL MARKS 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE KATRINA WITH WORLD TV PREMIERE OF FORGOTTEN ON THE BAYOU Award-winning documentary anchors network's Hurricane Week... more
5 YEARS LATER: ROCKEY'S NEW MISSION
Nancy Parker of Fox 8 News files this report on Rockey Vaccarella during the 5th year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. more
CHATEAU GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB TO HOST A UNIQUE SPECIAL EVENT ON THE FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE KATRINA
People will share inspirational and uplifting stories, including special guest, Mr. Herbert Gettridge. more "ROCKEY" REALITY TELEVISION SERIES TO BE PITCHED TO NETWORKS Agent Phil Irvin of Rebel Entertainment Partners has put together a deal with Emmy winning Producer/Director Scott Messick to develop and produce the "Rockey" Reality Television Series. (more) ROCKEY INTERVIEWS NEW ORLEANIANS AS HURRICANE GUSTAV APPROACHES "Forgotten on the Bayou" star, Rockey Vaccarella, traveled throughout the city of New Orleans interviewing people on the street just days before Hurricane Gustav hit the Louisiana coast. Sept. 8, 2008 GHOST RIDER PICTURES PAYS TRIBUTE TO BLACKIE CAMPO, legendary Louisiana Bayou fisherman who passed away on Thursday, July 10th at the age of 90... (more)
“FORGOTTEN ON THE BAYOU” WINS PHILADELPHIA AND OZONE FILM FESTIVALS October 18, 2007
On Friday night, October 6, an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 400 people showed up to see this outstanding film by Louisiana filmmaker Steven Scaffidi- the largest turnout for any single screening. (more...) ROCKEY COMMITS TO REBUILDING HIS HOMETOWN AND THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS October 13, 2007 (more...) "FORGOTTEN ON THE BAYOU" SCREENING AT THE OZONE FILM FESTIVAL October 1, 2007 (more...) "FORGOTTEN ON THE BAYOU" WINS AWARD AT MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL September 14, 2007 (more...) "FORGOTTEN ON THE BAYOU" SCREENS FOR A STANDING ROOM ONLY CROWD AT NUNEZ COMMUNITY COLLEGE August 31, 2007 (more...)
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San Diego Cinema Society Praises Film
The Director of the San Diego Cinema Society praises the award-winning film "Forgotten on the Bayou: Rockey's Mission to the White House". The film drew over 600 people at a recent screening and received 2 standing ovations.
AUDIENCES IN SAN DIEGO GIVE "ROCKEY" TWO STANDING OVATIONS
"Forgotten On The Bayou" recently was invited to screen at a special event held by the Cinema Society of San Diego. The film was a hit and the over 600 people who showed up for the screening gave the film and Rockey two standing ovations. Society Director Andy Friedenberg said: "In nearly 25 years we've screened many great films and I've never seen this kind of reaction." To read audience comments, click here To see additional video clips for "Forgotten on the Bayou" click here
TRAILER & AUDIENCE REACTION
a GHOST RIDER PICTURES PRODUCTION
do it Rock!
I'm out of here!
the job's not done. Don't forget about us.
Winner of the prestigious Humanitarian Vision Award
- Newport Beach Film Festival
The Weather Channel Marked the 5-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with
World TV Premiere of Forgotten on the Bayou
Award-winning documentary was the anchor program for the network's
'Hurricane Week' and premiered nationally on August 27th
Rockey is now back home and is doing much better since he was was stricken with encephalitis.
Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to help Rockey while he was in the hospital.
We will keep you updated on Rockey's progress. God bless!
Click to Play: Forgotten on the Bayou features the original soundtrack, "This Ole Highway". Words by Steven Scaffidi, Music by Terry Lee Ryan, Performed by Scott Landry and Suzie Krammer.
On August 27th "Forgotten on the Bayou" premiered nationally in primetime. Read